Rent Assistance Tools

Here are some resources for applying for rental assistance. We are here to help you!

  • The Columbia Salvation Army is always one of the first places you should call for emergency financial assistance, shelter, and other support. They can offer financial assistance to low income individuals and families who are dealing with financial struggles. Volunteers or case workers can work with people to also ensure a solution is found over the long term to their housing crisis.
    • Phone 803-765-0260
    • 2025 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
  • God’s Helping Hands may offer services for qualified residents in Cayce and West Columbia. They offer rental assistance, lodging, utility help, and more. A DSS referral is required for return visits to this non-profit.
    • Phone 803-791-4167
    • 919 Holland Avenue, Cayce, SC 29033
  • Family Services Center, Inc. offers multiple programs and will require consultation via phone to see if they are able to assist you
    • Phone 803-733-5450
    • 1800 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
  • Catholic Charities of the Midlands is a faith based agency that helps the homeless, single mothers, veterans, and others. Rent, food, furniture for a new home or apartment, and other financial aid may be offered.
    • Phone 803-254-9776
    • 1427 Pickens St, Columbia, SC 29201
  • Christian Assistance Bridge Applicants for rent or housing assistance need to have a Social Security card, meet income limits and picture I.D.. Any type of help is limited whether shelter, utilities, moving assistance,or loans for rent.
    • Phone 803-786-1903
    • 126 Blythewood Road, Blythewood, SC 29016
  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Financial assistance for paying rent and housing can be applied for over the phone. Funds are very limited and can help prevent evictions. In some cases a forgivable loan may be issued for housing or rental assistance. You may receive a message indicating the availability of funds.
    • Phone 803-799-0761
      • Thursdays from 5:00 – 6: 00 PM
  • Rapid Rehousing and Eviction Prevention Services using federal grants to help tenants in Richland County. Funds may be used to provide motel vouchers, pay back rent, or security deposits. The homeless prevention programs also combines legal aid and case management, along with emergency rental assistance, to help working poor families.
    • Phone 202-708-1112
    • HUD.GOV/RECOVERY
  • Pilgrim’s Inn offers emergency rental assistance, including loans, as part of the Homeless Prevention and Re-Housing Program. Other programs include transitional or low income housing, utility bill assistance, motel vouchers, and one time grants for back rent.
    • Phone 803-327-3430
    • 236 W Main St, Rock Hill, SC 29730
  • Cooperative Ministry offers Homeless Financial Assistance Programs, Energy Assistance, and more.
    • Phone 803-799-3853
    • 3821 W Beltline, Columbia, SC 29204
  • Columbia Housing Authority Programs available here include: section 8 housing vouchers, low income/subsidized rental housing, subsidized home purchase loans, and First Time Buying Programs.
    • Phone 803-254-3886
    • 1917 Harden Street, Columbia, SC 29204
  • South Carolina Association of Community Action is the main location of this statewide non-profit and they work with other organizations in the region. They have information on, and can provide referrals for, government programs, shelter, rental programs, and more. The location offers a wide variety of community and social services for the low income, elderly, and seniors.
    • Phone 803-771-9404
    • 2700 Middleburg Drive, Suite 213, Columbia, SC 29204
  • Wateree Community Action Council In addition to housing, rent, and homeless prevention, they also have job services and career counseling. A leading non-profit for homeless prevention and rapid rehousing, whether federal grants from ESG for rent or storage costs or other housing support.
    • Phone 803-786-4250, extension 3220
    • Phone 803-353-3822, extension 100
    • 117 Henry Street, Eastover, SC 29044
  • Richland County United Way They only offer referrals and information for local assistance programs based on your needs.
    • Phone 803-733-7312
  • God’s Storehouse They can provide food and clothing assistance. Applicants need to live in the their required Richland County zip codes.
    • Phone 803-691-1622
    • 1731 Risley Rd, Columbia, SC 29223
  • Faith Truth & Hope Ministry They’ve made it their mission to ensure the lives of families in crisis. Their programs will enable clients to have access to computers, a living space, transportation and many more opportunities, to become self-sufficient.
    • Phone 803-309-5980
    • 2463 Bratton Street, Columbia, SC 29205
  • American Red Cross, Central SC Chapter From small house fires to multi-state natural disasters, the American Red Cross goes wherever we’re needed, so people can have clean water, safe shelter and hot meals when they need them most.
    • Phone 803-540-1200
    • 2751 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201